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Obsessed with GTA Online (and Red Dead Online) ...are you?


Talisman_83

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Recently, my PS4 Pro hard drive died and given that I'll need to wait until next payday to buy a new one and wait for delivery, we're talking 4+ weeks where I can't even switch on my console, nevermind log into GTA Online or Red Dead Online.

 

Due to that, I've been considering how much time I spend playing these games.

Far too much, in my estimation.

So much so, that you could probably call it an obsession or addiction.

The past few days, I've been getting withdrawal symptoms, where I wished I could load up the game(s) and dive back into having fun.

You could also argue that by continuing to visit this forum and create this thread, that is an extension of my obsession.

Its made me think how I'm spending my life and if I'm pissing years away on a virtual world rather than spend it in the real one, learning new skills, spending time with friends and family or travelling more.

 

So, over to you guys.

How much time do you spend playing?

Would you call it an obsession? If so, is that a bad thing?

Crucially, do you think you could pull away from either (or both, if you play both) games and see how long you could last?

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dieseltech20

It comes and goes but I have been obsessed with the game in the past. These days I can play it for a week or two and turn it off for a month or 2. When I first switched to PC (Nov 2019) I couldn't be bothered to play the game at all. Late last year I decided to go back to it but found menu users to be annoying so I stopped. In Dec I bought my first menu and have been enjoying the game almost daily because no one can bother me any more.

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Lemoyne outlaw

actually i had a similar problem to yours a year ago. so when i bought cod mw 2019. i had to delete a game from my ps4. and i accidentally deleted gta 5 instead of another game i meant to delete. you might think oh you can just re download it. and i tried. but every time i did. it kept saying that there was a problem with the disk. and i had no idea why. because i always treated it with care. but then i saw online that other people had problems with re downloading it too. i was so mad at myself. and playing mw was not nearly as fun as gta. i still had red dead redemption 2. so i played that at least. but i missed driving cars and flying planes. and all the fun modern stuff that comes with it. except the oppressors and the laser guns. but when i got the game i was happy. so i know how you feel. try to hang in there.

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Retired from gaming. Do I miss it yes and no. Wasn't giving me happiness anymore but i had fun at time in my life then I got my ninja zx last year and I found something new. 

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obsession? addiction.

but planning to take a break eventually and play way less, or so i keep telling myself...

moderation is key i feel, too much of anything is bad 👀

but did met a lot of nice people with who i still enjoy playing on a daily basis, if it wasn't for them i think i would have quitted a long time ago.

 

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Standard Deluxe 59
3 hours ago, Talisman_83 said:

How much time do you spend playing?

Maybe an hour and a half or two hours every other night. It is less than a couple years ago when I used to get on earlier in the evening and could stomach playing for four hours or occasionally longer straight. Of course that was the high point of the game for me 2015-2017 and then it started falling apart, well playing games in general really fell apart around that time. Unfortunately over the last 7.5 years i did manage to blow nearly a year of my life playing GTAO, but I don't know how much of that was idling time while businesses (when I still played legit*) created product to sell. 

 

3 hours ago, Talisman_83 said:

Would you call it an obsession? If so, is that a bad thing?

I don't think I was ever really obsessed with it since I rarely mentioned it with real life friends and very few of them found out I even had PlayStations. However I would say that an obsession isn't necessarily a bad thing, but if it starts to control you or dominates your thinking, then it's a problem. 

 

3 hours ago, Talisman_83 said:

Crucially, do you think you could pull away from either (or both, if you play both) games and see how long you could last?

 Yeah, I've done it before, usually it takes a month before I might start wanting to drive my GTA cars again. Red Dead Online doesn't have the same cachet for me so I'll only play that if others want to. 

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*i always used solo public sessions to sell and may or may not have purchased some of those businesses with glitched money.
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HamwithCheese

Lots of modern games are designed like that. It comes and goes these days, miss the things I have and dream of plentiful co op content with decent players. It quickly devolves from that and I end up playing something else.

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Interesting answers and points of view, thanks guys.

 

I know for sure I'll be playing both games again, but I'm gonna try to limit the amount of time I play.

There needs to be a balance of gaming and real world sh*t.

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I see what you mean. Sometimes you need a break from it to get your senses back. I have had the same problem for a couple of years. (being addicted to GTA Online)

I took a break from GTA Online to play some other (single player) games, and when I got back to GTA Online yesterday, I realized how boring it actually was, especially after Cayo Perico update, which made 90% of pre-existing money making methods redundant and reduced GTA Online to a single player grinding game.

Suddenly I didn't enjoy GTA Online anymore. I can recommend everyone to take a break and play other games, or even FiveM, you may find something you like better, or realize how boring GTA Online really is.

 

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11 hours ago, Talisman_83 said:

...

How much time do you spend playing?

Would you call it an obsession? If so, is that a bad thing?

Crucially, do you think you could pull away from either (or both, if you play both) games and see how long you could last?

 

- Too much time, its gotten much worse recently and i blame covid situation for that (i spend 3x as much time behind my home pc these days so i guess it kind of makes sense that i game more too) i easily spend ~25h a week on this game these days lol, thats too much for sure, before the whole covid situation it would be like 10-15h over a week, so yea, i very much blame covid 😛 
- Not an obsession but there's just not a whole lot of other games i want to play these days, plus its pretty convenient that GTA:O offers so many different types of gameplay. That's also the main reason i keep coming back to it every time.

- Yea i 'take breaks' of 1-2 months every few months (that said im currently on like a 6 month streak because i made a new char and am actually 'enjoying the grind' for that one again)

 

I played RDO a bunch when it launched but got bored of that pretty quickly after reaching level 100, now i play it like twice a month at most (combination of the outlaw pass paywall bs, the deadeye bs & the cumbersome way satchel and cooking works) only have like 250ish hours total in RDR2/RDO.

GTA5/GTA:O i've played somewhere like 2k hours on ps3 & im like 150h short of reaching 6k hours on steam wich was all only playing GTA:O.

~7k hours is 291 days and a bit of playtime (damn) but over 7 years that's an average of 19hours a week wich is sorta acceptable to me, and i still think its more like 10-15h a week on average and the long playsessions of the last year or so are just making me look like a basement dweller 😛 

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12 hours ago, Talisman_83 said:

How much time do you spend playing?

Would you call it an obsession? If so, is that a bad thing?

Crucially, do you think you could pull away from either (or both, if you play both) games and see how long you could last?

 

1-2 hours per day, but not every day (rewind 2-3 years and that figure would be 3-5 hours every day, mind you!) 

 

It used to be an obsession, but now it's just a passing fling. Just something to fill the time (lockdown is a strange mistress). But yes... IMO it was a bad thing. 

 

I've only played on GTAO - and I've endured a few gaps in play over the years. I'd occasionally miss the game, but it wasn't something that filled my every subconscious thought. 

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Im obsessed with the Brand GTA itself since GTA3. We play since GTA1, but GTA 3 was groundbreaking. There is No Time in my Life I havent Played any GTA regularely. 

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LodwigRedemption

Eh. It kind of is, in the sense that when I want to play something, it's always those two games, so perhaps I should branch out a little bit and play other stuff, maybe in single player, because the few times that I do I almost never end up regretting it. However in general, no it's not. I definitely played way more GTA Online before, and last year was all about getting into Red Dead Online. But now that I have almost everything that I want in both games, I don't play for more than 2 hours a day, except if I'm doing a challenge like a Criminal Mastermind or something. I think that that's good, I much prefer spending my free time doing something else like discovering new music (actually, GTA V helped a lot with that, it helped me establish my musical preferences and discover new ones that I didn't think I'd like or that I'd never even heard of), watching TV or spending time with friends, when that's possible (not at the moment unfortunately). But I've been playing GTA Online for so much time that it's kind of my perfect comfort-zone game now. I'm not going to throw all those achievements and knowledge and progress away, and I still enjoy playing the new updates for a bit after they come out, so my adventure in GTA Online will definitely continue on on the next gen consoles.

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Its the only game I play and I probably get 2 hours a day, mostly when I get back from work around 3:30 AM.

 

Its more therapeutic than an obsession.

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CosmicBuffalo

There was a time when GTAO was a borderline obsession.  I would definitely be more productive...maybe.  If Red Dead Online was deleted or my xb broke, I might do more yard work.

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And that's why I glitch everything I can. I really can't be bothered to work just so I can play the game I already paid for, but I also blame how lackluster modern games feel on release and the F2P+Battle Pass system. It just doesn't appeal to me how whenever a game is popular it's just a FOTM that dies within two months (Fall Guys, Among Us) and doesn't form a steady community. Before the pandemic I was playing a bunch of recent AAA titles and they really couldn't get me hooked. Maybe it's age, but I don't see any game offering anything new, every thing I play feels like it's borrowing from what's popular but without anything unique, so I end up to what I'm already familiar with.

 

Not sure if it's an addiction, I think it's more a lack of something similar. Certainly I can't count on CP2077's multiplayer now, can I?

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Reality is overatted and often disappointing :kekw:. It was obsession when i started playing GTAO in 2018 and would spend around 3 hours or more every day playing it that year. When i ranked up and got a lot of cash from grinding it was way easier but started to become repetitive and lost a hype to grind for new cars because i bought almost everything i wanted, so i would play around 1-2 hours every other day and in the meantime i would take short break and play some other games, always singleplayer campaign. Interesting thing is since release of diamond casino heist my interest in online increased because how easy it was to grind preps and heist so i would play almost every day and it's the same situation now with Cayo Perico update, even though i'm burned out from grinding it.

I lost interest in other games and don't have a inspiration to play anything else, partly because i'm probably getting old and bored with games, but on the other hand most likely because i have older hardware and my CPU is main culprit why i would get bottleneck in never games and don't won't to rage with performance problems such as stuttering and low fps. Yea i know just buy new CPU, MOBO and RAM, ryzen is cheap peasant. 

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LodwigRedemption
14 hours ago, ACR said:

Reality is overatted and often disappointing :kekw:. It was obsession when i started playing GTAO in 2018 and would spend around 3 hours or more every day playing it that year. When i ranked up and got a lot of cash from grinding it was way easier but started to become repetitive and lost a hype to grind for new cars because i bought almost everything i wanted, so i would play around 1-2 hours every other day and in the meantime i would take short break and play some other games, always singleplayer campaign. Interesting thing is since release of diamond casino heist my interest in online increased because how easy it was to grind preps and heist so i would play almost every day and it's the same situation now with Cayo Perico update, even though i'm burned out from grinding it.

I lost interest in other games and don't have a inspiration to play anything else, partly because i'm probably getting old and bored with games, but on the other hand most likely because i have older hardware and my CPU is main culprit why i would get bottleneck in never games and don't won't to rage with performance problems such as stuttering and low fps. Yea i know just buy new CPU, MOBO and RAM, ryzen is cheap peasant. 

That's a great point. Before the Diamond Casino Heist and Cayo Perico it was kinda fun to grind, because there were so different methods to make money and, although Rockstar was a lot less generous than today (the prices have remained pretty much the same since 2017 but the payouts have only gone up, not to talk about the various gifts and promotions) it was fun to try out everything the game had to offer, and I remember actually being excited when the new Adversary Mode was double cash because everyone would play it and have fun, things like Dawn Raid or Motor Wars or Overtime Ruble or Power Mad, Power Play etc. Now adays these bonuses mean very little to an experienced players who can just grind 1 hour and get millions of dollars, while in the past it was a nice change of pace from the usual grinding routine, which usually consisted of Special Cargo + passive businesses. Also Rockstar was a lot more creative with the vehicles too back then, remember when we had 1 dripfeed aircraft per week after Smuggler's Run, or all the *balanced* Gunrunning vehicles? (Maybe the Oppressor was a bit OP). The Akula, the first stealth chopper, the Stromberg, Deluxo, even the RCV and Chernobog, were all not only new vehicles but a way to introduce new gameplay and ways to play and have fun with your friends. Nowadays the most that we got was reskins of Doomsday vehicles with Cayo Perico. I'm not complaining, because there's a reason if they've decided to go in this direction, but hey, it was definitely more fun back then imo

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Midnight Ryder

I still play GTAO due to my car collection and freemode dust-ups entertain me. 

 

I no longer play RDRO because there is nothing to do I enjoy.

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ElectricNine

GTAO is too toxic and buggy to enjoy properly, and RDRO is just too boring.

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Three years ago I played at least three, four hours a day... Then it gradually declined over the span of a year, just around the time when my oldest son started playing bigtime on my PC... Now I play GTA for about 10-15 mins on average a day. Could be I don't touch it for a week,then play for an hour or two. Or just doing my TT on Thursday and do a Perico.

 

I have everything in the game and nothing really catches my attention anymore... I cherish it for my time invested and my collection of cars on both my characters, but otherwise it's same ol same ol all the time for me... I can't stomach playing hours on end on it anymore... For what reason? More millions to spend on stuff I already have? Nop...

 

I do play rdr online more, albeit less than I used to as well LOL... Just a few dailies and currently maxing out all my ability cards, something I neglected over the two years I'm playing this game... No goals in that one either, apart perhaps collecting goldbars for my own pleasure... Just an odd goal, I know... There isn't anything fun happening in that game as well... Feels very stale for the past six months... Outlaw passes are a joke, with just cosmetics which don't interest me at all. I just see them as dropping 25 gb and trying to regain everything and alot more before I reach rank 80 or 100. Currently 73 and I'm close to 500 gb after the drop to 397 when I purchased currentl outlaw pass.... 

 

I make my own silly goals ingame, especially when the games I subject myself to, are very poor in generating a buzz or drive/content for their playerbase... I feel rockstar could generate alot more action and stuff for the playerbase... Seeing how Fortnite treats their playerbase, it leaves something to be desired. 

 

Still great games, but I have seriously lost alot of interest in both games. Just playing, while creating my own entertainment ingame.

 

Ah well... Perhaps these games have run their course and it's time to let them completely go... Hard to do though after so many years and time invested...

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An interesting and well-written thread!

 

This is my eighth year of GTA online and I rarely take more than two days off from the game at a time, but something happened to me a few weeks ago and, without going into details, it was the final straw that has seen me go nearly a whole month without playing the game.

 

The fact is, to keep interest in a game for this long, you need to have a solid group of online friends that you can tune into and help you put a twist on things, but that sense of obligation to participate in crew activities when you're not enjoying it anymore can also be the epitome of video game addiction. Instead of seeing the bigger picture and realizing that you are no longer playing a game for fun, you can start looking at minor details with too much scrutiny. Things that don't really matter somehow become inexplicably important and you can lose a sense of reality and, more importantly a sense of yourself and the basic essentials of life, no longer doing things that you once enjoyed because you have become hooked into the same set of obligations to follow the same path every day.

 

Luckily for me, I am able to work and get on with other priorities during the day and am pretty disciplined in that respect, but video game addiction goes beyond staying off the bottle or not lighting up a spliff until a certain time of day because once you get on it, it's very hard to get off, bid your farewells and get back to healthier activities. I have loved almost every minute of GTA online over the years, but I can't force myself to do the same thing over and over again out of blind loyalty anymore at the expense of so much other stuff like playing other video games, watching movies or listening to music, or simply relaxing and spending some quiet downtime with myself or family.

 

Take care of yourselves out there, folks. Some of us have enough grit to make choices for ourselves because we realize we're not enjoying it any more, while others need something more serious to happen before we can take a step back or walk away for good. I will definitely be back for the next DLC, but for the first time in so many years, I can proudly say that I conscientiously walked away from my pitiful addiction to GTA online.

 

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I have legitimately grinded to 1.5 billion.....it's not about money. It's about feeling like you're lost in a city where things can break and explode and you drive three blocks away and when you come back everything is back to normal.

 

It's the feeling of being in control where in the real world, none of us really are.

 

It's therapy for me....since 2013.

 

I don't know what I will do when they shut the servers down.

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The only time I really got into it heavily was 2016-2018 when I was exclusively Stunt Racing. I mean I was playing it far too much.

 

Now, even though I have just got a Series X, I only really play for a couple of hours a week tops maybe.

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I've been a huge fan of the series since GTA 3. While I wasn't there for the start of Online I've invested over 400 days in the game since 2015. I play for at least an hour almost every day, sometimes just jumping in for daily objectives. In my case this game functions as a moment of escapism into a more or less realistic world where I can have loud, silly fun with like-minded people. And despite the bugs and glitches this virtual world ain't all that bad :)

 

On 4/8/2021 at 9:30 AM, Aznknight said:

It's therapy for me....since 2013.

 

This is not the first time I've seen such a response to a video game and I absolutely agree - a virtual world can often help balance out the real world with all of its crap and stuff. As long as there is a healthy balance between the two, it's perfect.

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GAUNTLET HELLFIRE

I used to play daily and I had 5 characters on 4 accounts that I was playing and it was probably an obsession. I did have my female character with 150+ modded cars and all the businesses and stuff and my male with close to 100 modded cars but I have my guy down to 40 now and I am in the middle of selling every single car on my female character and after I've finished I may delete her and 2 of my other accounts so I will just have 2 characters with pretty bare garages and I won't want to play as much then.

 

I can and haved stopped playing GTA but when I do it is because I am obesessed with another game but that hasn't happened in a long time. The last time I stopped playing GTA was 2016 when Forza Horizon 3 came out and I spent months playing that for 6 to 10 hours a day. I didn't even download the Bikers or Cunning Stunts: Special Vehicle Circuit DLC during that time and only played the Import/Export DLC for about an hour.

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I play it sometimes and can no life it for a period, but I wouldnt call it an obsession I can put it down and do real life stuff I played it for like 7 k hours. rdo on the other hand is bare bones uninspired dog sh*t and has features stripped from gta online like invite only lobbies I quit early on.

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1 hour ago, Aznknight said:

I like this thread. It's like an AA group for Los Santos Millionaire drug kingpins.

...more like an AA group for people in or approaching mid-life crisis :D.

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